A high quality university education accessible to everyone A high quality university education accessible to everyone

UEA has a proud record of widening participation to higher education, and the social complexion of our student body is much less skewed than many other top 20 universities. Our aim is to enable motivated and able students from under-represented groups, particularly from East Anglia, to gain the advantages of higher education irrespective of their background. 

We recognise the importance of widening participation across the whole student life-cycle. This starts with our well established outreach programme to improve access to UEA and higher education more generally. Our current students are supported to succeed, make the most of student life and achieve a good degree outcome. During their study we provide opportunities to ensure our students are best placed to benefit as they progress into employment or further study. 

To achieve our aims we work collaboratively in partnership with external stakeholders, engaging with schools and colleges, HE providers, local authorities, NHS trusts and other educational stakeholders across the eastern region. We work closely with our neighbouring school, City Academy Norwich, to support their students through our role as co-sponsor.

Our current 2016-2020 Widening Participation Strategy2018-2019 Access Agreement, 2019-2020 Access and Participation Plan and 2020/21 - 2024/25 Access and Participation Plan are available to download.

You can find out about how UEA Outreach handles student information here.

UEA Widening Participation Research Project Fellowships

The UEA Widening Participation team are offering 4 fellowships to develop small scale research projects to enhance our understanding of widening participation within the university.

We are offering up to £5,000 for individuals or groups to carry out projects in collaboration with the WP team during academic year 2017-18.

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If you have any comments, questions or ideas about our Widening Participation activity please contact our Outreach Team (outreach@uea.ac.uk).